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Majors speaks at Boyd banquet
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Johnny Majors spent the majority of his life motivating college athletes to perform to their peak, so it was no surprise the former football coach was a hit as the keynote speaker at the Boyd banquet held at Bridgestone Learning Center Thursday night.Majors, who coached 29 years and won 186 games and the 1976 national championship at Pittsburgh, spoke about his experience at the University of Tennessee, growing up in rural Tennessee and several other topics during his speech to a crowd of nearly 200 people. Majors was introduced by Andy Kelly, a two-year starter at quarterback under Majors in Knoxville. Both player and coach spoke about some of their favorite times on The Hill, with the “Miracle at South Bend,” being the most popular topic.Kelly recalled the dramatic second-half comeback for the Vols to win 35-34 in a game where the Big Orange trailed 31-14 at halftime.No words seemed to stand out to Kelly in the locker room, but he vividly recalls the writing Majors did on the blackboard.“People ask me all the time what coach Majors said during halftime,” said Kelly.

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